After a car accident, you can find yourself facing more than mounting medical bills. Pain, a disability, or an inability to work can leave you feeling overwhelmed and alone. But you’re not alone—and you may not be liable for your costs. If you were involved in a car accident in Sandy Springs and you’re not at fault, you are protected by the law. You need to speak to a Sandy Springs car accident lawyer.
Our team of attorneys can help. Our entire mission is to help injury victims, regardless of circumstance. That’s why we make a simple promise: you pay us nothing if we don’t win you money. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
How do I know if I have a valid car accident claim?
If you were injured, never assume you don’t have a valid claim. The only way to be certain is to talk to a lawyer. A credible attorney will build an individual investigation into your accident, and may discover more details on what happened even without a clear crime or violation. Keep in mind that nearly all car accidents can be prevented, which means someone is at fault—and their insurance should pay for it. And even if they don’t have insurance, it’s still possible to recover the money you need.
How does liability work in a Sandy Springs car accident?
In Georgia, liability is based on fault. That means that whichever driver caused the accident is the one who’s liable for the costs. But determining who’s at fault can be a challenge. Piecing together the order of events and cause of the accident lies with police and insurance adjusters.
A driver can be at fault for an accident if:
- They were under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- They were distracted, by their phone, eating, or other distraction
- A traffic violation led to the accident
- They were driving carelessly, causing the accident
What all of these amount to is negligence. Negligence is a legal term that means the accident wouldn’t have happened if someone had been more careful. Not all cases of negligence involve breaking the law—the other driver may be at fault even if they simply weren’t paying attention.
The first rule when in any accident is don’t apologize if it wasn’t your fault—or allow the insurance companies blame you if you did not cause it. If unsure, a car accident attorney around Atlanta, Georgia can give you a professional opinion so you know who’s at fault for the accident.
How much money can I recover?
According to Georgia state law, you are allowed to recover 100% of your costs if you are not at fault for a car accident. In a typical accident, those costs will include medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs—at a bare minimum.
You are also entitled to a larger recovery under the law in certain circumstances. Severe pain, permanent disability, or serious loss may double or triple your recovery amount—or more. The same is true for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. We don’t believe this money can ever make up for such a terrible loss, but the courts award it to assist families after a tragedy to help them maintain financial stability.
Why do I need a lawyer? Why not just deal with the insurance company directly?
Since insurance companies aim to gain a profit, be very cautious when offered money after an accident. Insurers offer the smallest payouts they can reasonably get away with. When they make you an offer, there’s a strong possibility you’re receiving far less than what you deserve.
Insurers may use any number of the following tactics to reduce your payout:
- Offering “quick cash” when you need it most, so that you sign away your right to more
- Leaving out money for missed work time
- Trying to blame you for the accident or using your words against you
- Delaying your claim so you take anything they offer
- Paying only the cost of your current medical bills, without consideration of future care
Insurance companies use these strategies because they know that most accident victims don’t know the law and won’t be able to negotiate. When you have a lawyer on your side, you level the playing field. A good lawyer will be able to investigate what happened, assemble hard evidence, and force the insurer to the bargaining table.
Do I have to go to court?
It’s rare that a claim goes to court. There are times when an insurer will refuse to bargain, or simply isn’t offering you enough money to cover all of your long-term losses. If that happens, we’ll give you our professional opinion on whether it’s worth going to court or not. But most claims are settled without a judge. Usually, we can take care of the settlement for you, and typically get you far more than what you were initially offered.
What does it cost to hire a car accident lawyer in Sandy Springs?
We believe everyone deserves to have a professional in their corner, and we don’t believe you should have to pay out of pocket. That’s why:
- We give you your consultation for FREE
- We charge you NOTHING unless we get you money
In other words—we don’t get paid unless you do.
If we do win you money, our fee is taken as a percentage, allowing you to take the majority. We believe this is the fairest means of offering our services.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Car accident claims are complex. Don’t face the insurer without a professional on your side. Our attorneys are committed to helping injury victims, and you pay us nothing if we don’t get you money. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.